- Discover the lesser known sides of the popular island -
Mallorca is known for its beach tourism, but if you look outside the resorts at the beach, the island has amazingly great nature to offer. Standing on steep cliffs overlooking the quiet azure blue bays, far away from the vibrant city life, you will see the Mallorcan charm. In the hills on the inner island, the sound of the old mills slowly turning, along with the buzzing sound of cicadas, that almost sounds as if the island is whispering sweet words to people listening.
Both the coast and the inner island, each have their own charm, and you will get acquainted with both of them. In Dragon Caves of Porto Cristo, you will see how creative and sometimes bizarre the natural architecture can be. You will discover picturesque fishing villages and glistening salt lakes, and there will be many opportunities to swim and sunbathe without having to book a sunbed many hours in advance.
The different stages of the tour is a easy to moderate level 2 tour. There will be some good ascents, which will be followed by pleasant descents, and on the most difficult part of the route, you will be transported by bus. The cycling mostly takes place on quirt sideroads, smaller roads and trails to avoid traffic as much as possible.
It is on this trip possible to rent an electric bicycle. Using a small electric motor it helps you get up to speed, as long as you are active in the pedals. This will leave you with more energy to enjoy the beautiful landscape, even when cycling uphill.
Upon arriving at Palma de Mallorca, it is most convenient to take a taxi from the airport to your first hotel in Playa de Palma (about 5-10 km.)
Hotel (example): Java
The day starts with a welcome meeting in the reception, where a local collaborator will inform about the practical side of your cycling holiday.
The first cycling stage will lead you along the coast to Capocorp Vell - The empire of the Cyclops. These are the remains of the original inhabitants cottages, which date back to about 1000 years BC, and it is certainly worth a visit. Typical Mallorcan windmills show you the way to the salt area at Llevant with lakes glistening pink and white in the sunlight. The day will end in Sant Jordi, where beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear azure waters awaits. Here it is ideal to end your day with a swim.
Distance: ca. 55km
Hotel (example): Sur Mallorca
On this day you will cycle through the village of Ses Salines, which is named after the nearby rich natural mineral area. In addition to providing the lakes of beautiful colors the minerals are also attracts birds, including a large number of waders and shorebirds that while migrate from Africa to their breeding areas in Europe, makes a stopover here. From Ses Salines the road leads you directly to a botanical garden. You will also pass the cliff-lined bay of Cala Santanyi with its nice small sandy beach.
Later you cycle through small fishing villages to the well known natural bridge Es Pontas, situated just off the coast. At Porto Cristo you can discover the Dragon Caves with their incredible formations.
Distance: ca. 55-65km
Hotel (example): Felip
On the fourth day you will be cycling through the small local town of Son Carrio to Manacor, which is known as the home of the production of Mallorcan ceramics and clay beads. Later the route will lead you thorugh Santa Margalida, a village that has the prettiest square in Mallorca. An important part of a cycling holiday on Mallorca, is the coffee breaks, which can be enjoyed at the charming cafes found in the small villages, and the square in Santa Margalida is ideal for just such a break. From here you will cycle through one of the most interesting landscapes on the island, until reaching C'an Picafort.
Distance: ca. 60km
Hotel (example): Platja Daurada
On the fifth day you do not have to pack up you things, as you are staying another night in the hotel in C'an Picafort. Today's cycling route runs through a nature reserve for birds, and further on to Pollensa, an ancient Roman port town. Later you will continue the cycling along the coast to Alcúdia, which is the oldest town in Mallorca, and the place from where the Romans in 123 BC conquered the island, as they went ashore from the sandy beaches of the bay. From here you head back to the hotel.
Distance: ca. 40km
Hotel (example): Platja Daurada
On the bikes you will cycle to the inner island through the towns of Muro and Inca, until reaching the mountain landscape of Sierra de Tramuntana. Where the mountain range is at its highest, it reaches 1,447 meters/ 4,747ft. above sea level. A bus will first take you to the Lluc Monastery, and then to a point situated 1,200 meters /3,937ft. above sea level. From here you continue the cycling journey through one of the most beautiful villages in Spain - Fornalutx. You will continue to the charming fishing village of Port de Sóller, passing orange and lemon groves on the way.
Distance: ca. 50km + a bus ride
Hotel (example): Marina
This day begins with a nostalgic ride on the old tram, taking you through the vally of oranges, over spectacular bridges and through 13 tunnels on the 27 km journey, that winds down to the capital Palma. Here you will go on a guided tour of the old part of the city. Afterwards, you will cycle the short stretch along the coast Playa de Palma.
Distance: ca. 10km + a train ride
Hotel (example): Java
After breakfast you will be checkin out of the hotel for departure.
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